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‘Toilets key to improving child health in India’

The Hindu, 28 August 2014


NEW YORK: Building toilets and reducing open defecation is the key to significant health benefits for young children in India, a promising study by an Indian-origin researcher shows.


A team of researchers led by Sumeet Patil from School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, and the Network for Engineering, Economics Research and Management in Mumbai conducted a randomised trial in 80 rural villages in Madhya Pradesh.


The idea was to measure the effect of India’s total sanitation campaign - an initiative to increase access to improved sanitation throughout rural India - on household latrine availability, defecation behaviours and child health. Read more....